swing-music

swing music

noun
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swing

2 [swing]
noun
1.
Also called Big Band music, swing music. a style of jazz, popular especially in the 1930s and often arranged for a large dance band, marked by a smoother beat and more flowing phrasing than Dixieland and having less complex harmonies and rhythms than modern jazz.
2.
the rhythmic element that excites dancers and listeners to move in time to jazz music.
adjective
3.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of swing: a swing record.
verb (used with object), swung, swinging.
4.
to play (music) in the style of swing.

Origin:
special use of swing1

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swing (swɪŋ)
 
vb (foll by up) (often foll by at) , swings, swinging, swung
1.  to move or cause to move rhythmically to and fro, as a free-hanging object; sway
2.  (intr) to move, walk, etc, with a relaxed and swaying motion
3.  to pivot or cause to pivot, as on a hinge
4.  to move or cause to move in a curve: the car swung around the bend
5.  to move or cause to move by suspending or being suspended
6.  to hang or be hung so as to be able to turn freely
7.  slang (intr) to be hanged: he'll swing for it
8.  to alter or cause to alter habits, a course, etc
9.  informal (tr) to influence or manipulate successfully: I hope he can swing the deal
10.  to raise or hoist, esp in a sweeping motion
11.  to hit out or strike (at), esp with a sweeping motion
12.  (tr) to wave (a weapon, etc) in a sweeping motion; flourish
13.  to arrange or play (music) with the rhythmically flexible and compulsive quality associated with jazz
14.  (intr) (of popular music, esp jazz, or of the musicians who play it) to have this quality
15.  slang to be lively and modern
16.  slang (intr) to swap sexual partners in a group, esp habitually
17.  (intr) cricket to bowl (a ball) with swing or (of a ball) to move with a swing
18.  to turn (a ship or aircraft) in order to test compass error
19.  slang swing both ways to enjoy sexual partners of both sexes
20.  informal swing the lead to malinger or make up excuses
 
n
21.  the act or manner of swinging or the distance covered while swinging: a wide swing
22.  a sweeping stroke or blow
23.  boxing a wide punch from the side similar to but longer than a hook
24.  cricket the lateral movement of a bowled ball through the air
25.  any free-swaying motion
26.  any curving movement; sweep
27.  something that swings or is swung, esp a suspended seat on which a person may sit and swing back and forth
28.  a.  a kind of popular dance music influenced by jazz, usually played by big bands and originating in the 1930s
 b.  (as modifier): swing music
29.  See swingbeat
30.  prosody a steady distinct rhythm or cadence in prose or verse
31.  informal the normal round or pace: get into the swing of things
32.  a.  a fluctuation, as in some business activity, voting pattern etc
 b.  (as modifier) able to bring about a swing in a voting pattern: swing party
 c.  (as modifier) having a mixed voting history, and thus becoming a target for political election campaigners: a swing state
33.  informal (US) free scope; freedom of activity
34.  chiefly (US) a circular tour
35.  (Canadian) a tour of a particular area or region
36.  (Canadian) (in the North) a train of freight sleighs or canoes
37.  go with a swing to go well; be successful
38.  in full swing at the height of activity
39.  swings and roundabouts equal advantages and disadvantages
 
[Old English swingan; related to Old Frisian swinga, Old High German swingan]

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swing
O.E. swingan "to rush, fling oneself," from P.Gmc. *swenganan (cf. O.S., O.H.G. swingan, O.Fris. swinga, Ger. schwingen "to swing, swingle, oscillate") denoting "violent circulatory motion." The meaning "move freely back and forth" is first recorded 1545. The noun meaning "a stroke with a weapon" is
from 1375; sense of "an apparatus that swings" is first recorded 1687. Meaning "shift of public opinion" is from 1899. The meaning "variety of big dance-band music with a swinging rhythm" is first recorded 1933, though the sense has been traced back to 1888; its heyday was from mid-30s to mid-40s. Swinging "uninhibited" dates from 1958; and swinger "person who is lively in an unrestrained way" is from 1965. Both had various other slang senses traceable to 1590s. Swing shift first recorded 1941, typically 4 p.m. to midnight. Phrase in full swing "in total effect or operation" (1570) is probably from bell-ringing.
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swing definition


A kind of jazz generally played by a “Big Band” and characterized by a lively rhythm suitable for dancing. The bands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller played swing.

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swing definition


  1. in.
    [for a person] to be up to date and modern. : Tom really swings. Look at those blue suede shoes!
  2. in.
    [for a party or other event] to be fun or exciting. : I've never been to a gathering that swings like this one.
  3. in.
    to be involved in sexual fads, group sex, or the swapping of sexual partners. : Carol says that Tom, Ted, and Heidi swing. How does she know?
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